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Tree rings could pin down Thera volcano eruption date

(University of Arizona) Research led by the University of Arizona Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research has anchored a long sequence of tree rings, providing context for the civilizations that existed throughout the Bronze and Iron Ages, including the eruption of Thera.

Wildfire perceptions largely positive after hiking in a burned landscape

(University of California – Davis) Results from pre- and post-hike surveys of a burned landscape indicate that people understand and appreciate the role of fire in natural landscapes more than is perceived.

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U.N. Shifts from Climate Change to Coronavirus – Scientific American

The novel coronavirus pandemic is now the world’s top priority. Climate change will have to be put on the back burner, for now. That was the message delivered to reporters from U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, via an unprecedented online press…

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CLIMATE IMPACTS: Fire chief urges Congress to boost wireless resilience

A California fire chief told members of Congress yesterday that during a 2017 wildfire, his firefighters had to go door to door to evacuate residents instead of sending emergency texts because the local wireless network was out of service.

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Thinning, prescribed burns protected forests during the massive Carlton Complex wildfire

In the first major study following the devastating 2014 Carlton Complex fire in north central Washington, researchers from the University of Washington and US Forest Service found that previous tree thinning and prescribed burns helped forests survive the fire.

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Heatwave exposure linked to increased risk of preterm birth in California

A new study found that exposure to heatwaves during the last week of pregnancy was strongly linked to an increased risk of preterm delivery — the hotter the temperature or the longer the heatwave, the greater the risk.

The Mad Rush To Electric Vehicles

Tesla’s stock market value is already bigger than Ford and General Motors combined, says a report in Forbes magazine. Elon Musk’s company had already received nearly $5 billion in federal subsidies by 2015, helping him amass a net worth of…

12 captivating images from the Sony World Photography Awards

Gorgeous landscapes and emotional portraits are just some of the elements captured by the finalist and shortlisted entries in the Sony World Photography Awards. In its 13th year, the 2020 competition received more than 345,000 images from 203 countries and…